Give disadvantaged communities equal access to education – Banda

Asuma Banda

Alhaji Dr Asuma Banda, Chancellor,University of Education, Winneba (UEW), has called for more financial support from the government and the private sector to provide  disadvantaged communities equitable access to education.

He said the country still needs huge investments to help provide educational infrastructure and quality education for all.

Alhaji Banda, who is also Executive Chairman of Antrak Air, said this at the inauguration of a GH¢165,000 six classrooms block and computer laboratory for Islamic Primary and  Junior High School at Agona Nsaba in the Central Region.

The project was undertaken with funds solicited by Brigadier General Nunoo-Mensah, National Security Advisor, from the GETFUND and other philanthropists.

He said education is one of the important ways by which “this country can help eliminate poverty”.

According to Alhaji Banda, over half a century after independence, Ghana is still yet to achieve its vision of free basic universal education for all.

He said the burden of education should not be put on the shoulders of the Government alone but should be pursued through collective efforts and contributions of all.

He commended Brigadier General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah for his sole contribution and instrumentality for realization of the project.

The Executive Chairman of Antrak Air said the construction of “building was not just a school house but would form the foundation on which many lives within the community and beyond will change for the better”.

He appealed to the teachers, School Management Committee (SMC), Assembly members, Parents and other stakeholders to undertake regular maintenance of the project to prolong its life span.

Sheik Nuhu Osumanu Shaributu, National Chief Imam, urged Muslim parents to send their children to school especially, the girl-child, to improve their standards of living.

He cautioned Muslim youths not to allow themselves to be used to perpetrate violence and other crime before, during and after the 2012 elections to ensure peace and stability in the country.

Source: GNA

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